The gennaker is an asymmetrical spinnaker that is an intermediate between a genoa and a spinnaker. It is a further development of the flasher and, like the flasher, can be sailed without a spinnaker pole. Its asymmetrical shape and its star-cut cut grant an optimal shaping and an excellent form stability, which converts the wind pressure directly into propulsion.
Very propulsive sail In the gennaker, the panels run from the head and out of the clews onto one or two vertical center seams. This load-oriented sail design ensures that all panels with their strong warp threads optimally follow the lines of force in the sail. The gennaker is very propulsive without heeling the boat too much.
Range of use of the gennaker Since it was approved for yardstick and IMS use in 1994, these asymmetrical spinnakers can be found even on such high-profile boats as America's Cup yachts. Here, gennakers are set in the range of use between about 100 and 135 degrees of windage. The range of use of the gennaker extends from approx. 55 - 150 degrees of wind incidence, whereby its strengths lie in the half-wind and in the upwind range. On courses between approx. 150 and 180 degrees of wind incidence, the gennaker should also be unrigged in order to increase the projected area. With the Moritz gennaker you get an extremely effective sail, which is characterized by its uncomplicated handling.
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